Exclusive: Taiwan, under siege, goes all-out Liszt

Exclusive: Taiwan, under siege, goes all-out Liszt


norman lebrecht

August 05, 2022

While China imposes a no-go zone on the island of Taiwan, a pair of piano professors are putting on a five-concert Franz Liszt Piano Festival in blithe defiance of the global threat.

The festival will include the composer’s complete works for piano and orchestra, the opera fantasies Don Juan, Norma and Tannhäuser, various religious works, melodramas with recitation, Transcendental Etudes, symphonic poems as two-piano transcriptions, and more.

Taking part are 26 Taiwanese pianists, aged 12 to 68, some of whom are flying in from all over the world to take part.

The professor-producers are Rolf-Peter Wille and Lina Yeh (pictured).

Full details here (in Chinese).



  • N. P. says:

    not sure how much is known on the island of the United Kingdom. The no-go-zone since quite some time is the People’s Republic of China I would say.

  • Daisy says:

    Bravo to both innovative artists who have been guiding the piano scene in Taiwan for decades!

  • Peter San Diego says:

    That’s an awful lot of Liszt to cram into five concerts! Not that I’d complain, mind you.

    What’s their word for Sitzfleisch?

  • poyu says:

    Taiwan is not “under siege” and not no-go zone. There were some flight cancelled or rescheduled but that‘s all. Now even flights between Taiwan and mainland China are running normally. Please check airport arrival and departure record website.